Eastern Coyote Canis latrans massachusetts Kim SmithFace to face

When out filming for projects, I’d often thought about what my reaction would be if ever again I came eye to eye with a coyote. Many have crossed my path, but too quickly and too unexpectedly to capture. I don’t bring my dog with me any longer because one brazen one had a go at her two winters ago and it’s just not a good idea to tempt fate. I hoped that calmness would prevail, allowing for a non-blurry photo, or two.

Well, I didn’t panic and got some great footage, and when the coyote was too far out of range for my movie camera, took a few snapshots.

Eastern Coyote massachusetts beach Canis latrans Kim Smith

This one appears smaller than what I have typically encountered, perhaps it is only a year or two old, or possibly coyotes are not as plump after the winter months. He/she was very intent upon scavenging in a bed of seaweed that had washed ashore and think it must have been quite hungry to allow me to get so close. He reluctantly left his meal as I moved toward him and then watched me for some time from under cover of beach grass. His shining eyes were easily seen in the fading low light. Mistakenly, I thought that was the end of our meeting and went back to filming B-roll.Eastern Coyote massachusetts Kim Smith

Beach grass provides excellent camouflage

I was losing the light and decided to call it a day. Packing up cameras and turning to go, there he was, a hundred yards away, staring at me. Deftly traveling through the tall reeds he had circled around. I don’t think he had me in mind for his next meal, but I was halfway between him and the scavanged dinner from which he had so rudely been interrupted. Plans on how to weaponize my tripod and camera bag quickly came to mind. He trotted leisurely towards me, changed his mind, and then trotted in the opposite direction. A car came down the road and he again turned toward my direction, making his way along the beach until slipping back into the grass.

If ever you have a close encounter with a coyote, be sure to remind yourself of this story and know that they may indeed still be very close by.

Day Boat Scallops Seared In A @LodgeCastIron Skillet On The @WeberGrills Kettle

More from Joey’s Pit-

Northeast BBQ

Step one was to place the scallops on a paper towel to dry them off.
Then season them with a generous coating of Sea Salt.
Put a half a chimney of coals into the Weber Charcoal baskets and then get your Lodge skillet heated up.
Next put a couple of turns of EVOO and a couple of tablespoons of clarified butter in the skillet and place your scallops down flat onto the skillet surface.

The key is to not move the scallops on the skillet to let them develop that golden  browning effect. Resist checking the bottom for at least two minutes.  Once you see good color, flip em over-


Let them develop the same color on the other side.  The smaller ones will cook faster so if you need to, leave the larger scallops on for a minute longer.  (You could also cut them in half)

Buttery goodness!


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ROCKPORT ART COLONY “PAINT OUTs” Start Wednesdays April 27 we’ll be At Hammond Castle

“Paint Outs” Start April 27 and
continue every Wednesday through
the Spring/Summer Seasons
from 8 AM to -12:00PM !!


The First “Paint Out” will take place at Hammond Castle!! They have been very kind to allow us to paint out on their wonderful grounds !!!

Hope you can join us for this incredible opportunity. A day of painting with some of our area’s fine artists. Come share in keeping the great tradition of Plein Air painting in Cape Ann !

HarborWalk Summer Cinema 2016: Free movie nights on the jumbo screen start July 13

ghw summer cinema blankSave the dates! Five free movie nights to begin on Wednesday July 13th. Movie titles coming soon.

Rob Newton, Cape Ann Community Cinema and Stage, is securing great movies for the 2016 line up. What do you think will be on his list? Here’s a look back at the first two series.



gHW summer cinema 2015



gHW summer cinema 2014


Killer Deal On This Pressure Washer Reg. $329.95, On Sale for $149.95

It’s that time of year where just about everybody could use a good pressure washer.  This one is the Deal Of The Day On Amazon-

Ivation Electric Pressure Washer 2200 PSI 1.8 GPM with Power Hose Nozzle Gun and Turbo Wand, All Parts Included, W/ Built in Soap Dispenser

Get the deal here 


  • 5 Interchangeable Nozzles Wash Various Surfaces; Bonus Turbo Wand Included
  • Easy-to-Use System Requires Just 30-Second Setup w/Three Simple Attachments
  • Unique Copper Connection is Easily Joined to Hose for Quick, Effortless Hookup
  • Features Automatic Total Stop System, Optional Self Suction, & Soap Dispenser
  • Ideal Pressure Cleaning Solution for Homes, Cars, Boats, RVs, Driveways & Decks
  • Manatees

    I took the boys to swim with the manatees on Friday down in Crystal River, Florida. I did it during a solo camping trip that I took a couple of years  before Thatcher was born and I’ve been looking forward to sharing the experience with them for several years now.  They’re at a pretty good age for some more adventurous experiences and they’re both pretty brave….which makes life fun.  It also seemed appropriate for Earth Day as the very endangered Florida manatees are making a pretty significant come back.

    We met up with River Ventures, a company I would gladly recommend to anyone interested…or even those who aren’t, and participated in a quick classroom discussion about manatees and how to safely navigate the waters to snorkel with them, before boarding our boat.  We had a great day and I’m thrilled the boys not only had the experience, but enjoyed it as much as I did.

    The material in the short video below is from our trip.  The photos in the gallery are favorites provided by River Ventures from past days.  During Florida’s colder months, the manatee population in that area hang out in a warm spring…which makes for much better viewing and even more up close and personal encounters.  My first time was in the spring and I’ll never forget it.  While this time we were in murkier water in the larger body of the lake, experiencing it with the boys made it even more unforgettable.

    GloucesterCast 180 With @KimSmithDesigns, @DonnaArd and @Joey_C Taped 4/24/16


    GloucesterCast 180 With @KimSmithDesigns, @DonnaArd and @Joey_C Taped 4/24/16

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